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Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
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One of the very few novels where I really had no idea where the story was going. There is a section in one of the books where she just starts cutting down children so frequently you start to question if a happy ending is even possible, granted these are apocalyptic novels and not that I need a Happy Ending, but you wonder just where the story is going. The books are collection of diary entries from this girl who grows into a woman as civilization breaks down around her. She marshals a belief system that she calls Earthseed, which she uses to build her future on. The book is at times creative and thoughtful and at other times incredibly trite. Butler died suddenly this year and I have to think there were more parable novels coming. I would recommend the first book, Parable of the Sower IF you like speculative fiction AND you are slow to judgement. (6/10)
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